Books on Parenting Children With Special Needs
Speech therapist Lois Jean Brady has written a timely and essential guide to choosing “apps” that help children with autism learn and communicate. Perhaps this book is partly a way to pay homage to the late, great Steve Jobs, but as the subtitle states, this is “A must-have resource for the special needs community!” For those of you who, like myself, are novices to the world of i products (pads, pods and phones), the term “apps” refers to the more than 425,000 computer applications-or programs that are available free, for less than a dollar and sometimes more than a hundred from the Apple company’s itunes store. With that said, the author has obviously spent countless hours researching, using, evaluating and analyzing the best way to present a glut of i information that can be used for a variety of purposes. Speech therapists teach children how to organize their communication to be meaningful and efficient and this book reflects those same skills. The chapters are color coded to emphasis the apps primary function to promote one of the following:• Voice output• Text- to- speech• Articulation• Listening and auditory processing• Language comprehension• Vocabulary and concept development• Social skills group activities• Eye contact and body language• Hygiene and pre-vocational skills• Graphic organizers and visual supports• Bilateral coordination and motor planning• Activities of daily living• Math skills• Preschool concepts. In addition, Brady includes apps designed for speech pathologists to use in treatment of aphasia, apraxia, dysarthria and stuttering and apps that help therapists with recording data and record keeping. Each chapter begins with either a news story, anecdote of how an app helped a child and sometimes an unexpected use of an app-- such as teaching handwriting. As an occupational therapist I was intrigued to learn how children can use their finger or a stylus to practice letter formation, develop motor control by tilting the device left and right in order to catch virtual ice cream scoops or visually track the fish that follow a moving finger. Apps for Autism is almost 400 pages of information which if read in one sitting can give you an i headache. But when used to look up apps that will address specific deficits readers will find the product critiques witty and helpful and for the most part, programs well described.
Chapter LengthNot So Short
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